Crazyhead, the horror-comedy series following two women who are demon hunters, has hit Netflix this month after a successful launch in the UK, where it received mostly positive reviews. For all the obvious details and background, I’ll point you to its Wikipedia page. This may seem like laziness on the writer’s part. But I want to digest the series in real time as I watch it without reading reviews, back stories or spoilers for Season 2, which is in production. That said, I’ll probably be wrong about some assumptions and details.
Feel free to set the record straight in the comments.
Minutes into Episode 1, “A Very Trippy Horse,” it’s clear that Crazyhead takes its genre as a horror-comedy seriously, making excellent use of tension and moments that will make you jump, all while sprinkling in the dynamics of a typical buddy-comedy. The interactions between the two main characters, Raquel and Amy, feature solid writing and comedic timing, which often helps to cut the tension and make the audience laugh.
As far as scares are concerned, Crazyhead is clearly not interested in breaking new ground within the horror genre, leaning heavily on old horror techniques. Its comedic chops come into play as the show jumps on the new train of the female “buddy comedy” dynamic: strong, oftentimes crass female leads who aren’t afraid of a little blood. It’s a series that feels like it was written by a man who is writing how he wishes women spoke. I have a hard time believing women spend as much time referencing dicks as the writing would have you believe.
The show blazes through the early plot requirements of one skeptical character, Amy, who must be convinced that she isn’t crazy when she sees the same demons that Raquel, an experienced “seer”, has been battling for some time. After being hunted by the demon, Raquel saves her early in Episode 1, and Amy comes to grips with her abilities as well as understanding that Raquel, while rough around the edges, isn’t a loon. As both characters face important losses in the first two episodes, the stage has been successfully set for a rapid jump forward in the remaining four episodes of the series’ first season.
So far Crazyhead is an unremarkable, but thoroughly enjoyable romp through the horror-comedy genre, delivering the scares and laughs required to engage and hold the viewer through each hour long episode. And it does this while changing up enough to provide a uniqueness that is partially refreshing, but partially depressing as well. If this was the same show, set in America with two male leads l think it would be considered derivative and somewhat bland. Unfortunately, the dearth of female leads makes this a novelty.
Good for the actors, writers and fans but a sad reminder of the lack of quality parts for strong women actors.